Now Under New Management!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A Captain Retires...

So, farewell then

Doctor Simon Jones

Captain of the ‘Happy Ship’

Called ADMC


You have deserted your boat

For a land-locked regime

A ‘Puppet President’

You will surely be


In the middle of the steppe

Your veritable ‘Elephant’s Graveyard’

Will welcome you warmly

And freeze your balls off



45 comments:

Anonymous said...

So what does he do know? There isn't a university in the word that will hire him. I am enjoying this.

Anonymous said...

Me too! Sijo's 'happy ship' soon became a 'crappy ship, with morale at rock bottom. However, he himself would never have realised this, as his main means of communicating with the teaching was staff was via the two goons, Ahmed and Hamad (who only told him what he wanted to hear), and by shouting at the ADMC senior management team at his regular weekly meetings.

And yes, the frozen steppes of Kazakhstan represent a surefire upward career move from the overheated sand-dunes of the UAE!

'Quo vadis', Sijo? It's the 'elephant's graveyard' par excellence out there, I would have thought.

Anonymous said...

Quite frankly I'm gutted that Captain Sijo was asked to relieve himself from the bridge ... erm, well, you know what I mean.

So, is the 'happy ship' now rudderless and soon to be beached on a sand dune?

We all await the outcome of this particular rearranging of the deckchairs with great interest!

Anonymous said...

Eh...wasn't Sijo enjoying some pillow-talk with a certain member of senior management at ADMC???

Anonymous said...

You mean the one who got the push recently? LOL!!!

Khalifa Exile said...

Evidence of the outstanding reputation and the demanding caliber of SiJo's new posting can be found here:

http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php?topic=80425.0

Truly only an unemployable jerk would take a job there. Such as Dr Simon Jones?

Anonymous said...

Eh...wasn't Sijo enjoying some pillow-talk with a certain member of senior management at ADMC???
July 3, 2012 12:43 AM
Anonymous said...

You mean the one who got the push recently? LOL!!!

No she didnt get the push..well not from ADMC...SHE is Teflon lady...nothing sticks and if things look perilous..she has tricks up her sleeves or on her k***s

Anonymous said...

She DID get the push!!! Long overdue push!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Happy DAY!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes...happy day for all in ADMC, but where will she show her ugly face next???

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know anything about "Grace Thompson"? She is going to be the new chair of biz at the Sharjah Colleges. Welcome to the snakepit Grace! Watch your back, and please remember that your Coordinator, Chris, wants your job badly. He reports directly to LK and IS NOT ON YOUR SIDE. He will be doing all he can to trip you up.

Anonymous said...

Why are you such haters,why cant you actually have a life!

Delma said...

What we hate is the lies and bullying that frequently emanate from HCT. Is that so wrong?

Anonymous said...

The HCT at SWC is a thoroughly filthy pigsty in which to work. Starting tomorrow, we will all be led around by the nose being told what to do. No dissent is of course possible. The only hierarchy is US (all teachers) and THEM (the bosses who are evil and can have us canned on a whim).

We have courses to prepare, but I guarantee that not one course outline or lecture will be written for at least a week due to stupid friggin admin PD BS. I note you don't have Ann Brabazon on the punch list - get her up there! What an evil tart she is! I would blame her at least partially for all of the admin BS that we have to deal with. She was Chris Storey's mentor, and got him promoted due to his work with the Centre for Teaching and Learning. He even got a retarded 2 page "academic" publication out of the deal, some drivel about how to do a good job in the classroom.

Starting tomorrow, everyone will be dreaming of June 2013.

But luckily for teachers, there won't be a whole lot of bother this semester as there will be massive fireworks due to the new Chair, who has been erected on stage like a Roman Candle. She has on her "team" a whole battalion of Arab lady haters with influence that are going to rip her a new one. Starting tomorrow, no less. The positive side for her, as a good Catholic, is that at least she will be back to Ecuador for Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Job done, mate!

http://www.punchinthefacebook.com/punch/hct-sharjah/ann-brabazon

We can all get atarted on this job from today!!

Anonymous said...

The only pig in the pigsty is Anonymous above who obviously knows nothing about what is happening at SWC since he was kicked out. Chris Story has not been promoted and continues to be a good teacher while Anonymous is licking shit wherever he is!

Anonymous said...

I hope we can stop using the word "pigsty" from this point forward when we wish to criticize the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Such a use of the work "pigsty" is seriously condescending to the comfortable home of one of the most blessed creations, the Pig! HCT can hold no candle to the humble pigsty.

Chorizo, yummy!

Ravi the Brave said...

Best wishes to Freddy the Maniac Ohan, as he bunkers down for another session of Lets Kick the Staff in the Guts. Doctor Farid is the only doctor in Sharjah or so he thinks. And his pathetic sidekick Brabazon, the least said the better, I wanna get my pet rat out to chew off that tattoo on her shoulder but she is such a poisonous bitch that I fear for my pet.

Anonymous said...

This must be Ravi the depraved from yesteryears!

Anonymous said...

And he keeps rats as his pets. Say no more.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree about not having a rat as a pet. There are plenty of rats in the UAE, but they should be kept outdoors where they belong. Luckily the UAE has had the foresight to not build sewers like every other major city in the (developed) world.

Instead of keeping a rat, do what HCT teachers do - keep multiple generations of cockroaches in your provided housing. They are quiet, nocturnal and help one to save cash - since a maid is too expensive for the salary provided, the cockroaches clean up any crumbs on the counters for free! It is a heckofadeal.

Anonymous said...

I hear Frizzy Hair Lynn is still in Abu......

Anonymous said...

Oh NO! Heavens preserve us...

Delma said...

But Sijo has lended in Kaz!

http://nu.edu.kz/portal/faces/mainmenu/aboutus1/administrations/executivestaff

It's been a hell of a career journey for Dr Simon Jones - from the principled heights of UK academia at Bath University, to the intellectual graveyard of a third-rate Central Asian 'university' sponsored by an acknowledged tyrant.

Way to go, SiJo! Where's next - North Korea?

Anonymous said...

You have to feel sorry for poor old Sijo. He certainly cuts a sorry figure in that photo!

For a guy with a D.Sc, (a cut above yer average Ph.D), his career has been on a stellar downward curve - a self-shooting star? - over the past decade or so.

I wonder just WHY this is so?!

Anonymous said...

What about L N? She still in AD, but rumour has it is working in a nursery/kindergarden????? LOL!!

Anonymous said...

The local kindergarten will present little change for The Lynx, as she had to deal with spoilt children every day at ADMC (and I'm NOT talking about the staff here!).

As for SiJo, he represents that strange breed of over-qualified and under-talented academics that HCT likes to attract to its management ranks. The high qualifications reflect very well on HCT, and the fact that their owners are lacking in talent means that Tubby can manipulate them so much easier.

Ain't that the truth, TK?!

Anonymous said...

SiJo's photo presents an image of having been roughed up, perhaps even waterboarded, in captivity. He looks terrified of being decapitated at any moment.

You sure he wasn't arrested by CID on the way out of AD? He probably knows of quite a few skeletons that are best kept secret. Remember, what happens in the UAE stays in the UAE.

Anonymous said...

The Lynx in a nursery?? Oh come on!!?? That's surely the opposite end of the spectrum of where she should be headed?? Shady Pines/Retirement Home surely????

Raja Karma said...

Way to go, Sijo! (or should that be SuedeO?)

http://www.punchinthefacebook.com/punch/ebbw-dhabi/dr-simon-jones

70,000 hits and STILL rising!!

Anonymous said...

Doctor Simon Jones displays his striking verbal and analytical skills in this:

"Dr. Simon Jones, ADMC Director, mentioned that successful colleges had successful student councils, and that ADMC is a very successful college. "

http://news.hct.ac.ae/2012/05/admc-welcomes-student-council/

That sure looks like the mark of a sharp manager!

Anonymous said...

Comment about Kazhakstan status as a dictatorship; no different from the Abu Dhabi Sheikhdom- which is not a democracy either.

This is a rich country with mineral wealth and even the prestigious University College London has a campus there. Hence , Simon Jones as a provost will do well. It had a Cambridge professor as a provost before him. Surely , you cannot compare this institution with the HCT- a citadel of Arab educational decadence! Simon Jones will do well for a few years, and will return back to Bath-his hometown with some good savings. I would not say I would do what he has done in recent years, working for towel-headed fancy dress -clad savages for dosh ( there is a bottom line of principle for me- I cannot consider Arabs as civilised people. But people are different).

When the name of Kazhakstan crops up, "Borat" comes to mind and I cannot but admire Sacha Cohen's rustic humour.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, 'a rich country with mineral wealth and even prestigious Universities' - just like the UAE, in fact.

As for the 'Arab educational decadence', I reckon Sijo has already discovered the notion of Central Asian educational decadence too. In fact, he was clearly a perfect fit for the job - from one bent regime (political and educational) to another!

Suede Oasis said...

I see that The Chronicle's online forum about Sijo's latest academic post, Nazarbaev Uni in Kazakhstan, is almost as busy as the HCT ones on Dave's ESL Cafe.

http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,80425.75.html

It seems that the place does attract a ragbag of academic dross - Sijo included!

Anonymous said...

Could you just grow up, and do something worthwhile apart from commenting on HCT of which I guess you were once an academic? Only those who are desperate would come to UAE and HCT, just like you perhaps?

Anonymous said...

The Claw is gone from HCT. Funny how there has been so much turmoil this year, everyone getting replaced. It is the end of one extremely shitty era!

Kaliko said...

Sijo's doing extremely well at his elephant's graveyard posting - facing a vote of no confidence already!

http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,80425.105.html

Way to go, Sijo - keep those management skills shining bright!

Anonymous said...

Feb 14, 2013 ... The Claw is gone... that means another shitty one will come up. Trust HCT .. they are very good in bringing one asshole after another.

Anonymous said...

By the way .. the one who arrived after the Claw is also gone. VERY interesting .. he was asked to leave the country within 24 hrs. What have he done so wrong that he got only 24 hrs.

Anonymous said...

ADWC director? How pitiful? He thought he owns the college and operates as if he is the best leader who seriously lacks leadership skill. Also the rumors said he was involved in sex scandal before joining ADWC.

Anonymous said...

He probably got messed up again with sex scandal again in UAE. That's why he got 24 hrs notice.

Suede Oasis said...

Nice words about the dear departed Dr Jones from his current posting here:

The current Provost is a tyrant and cares very little for the faculty. He certainly left an impression at his last position (http://hctsucks.blogspot.com/).

See here for more of his shenanigans:
http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php?topic=80425.180

Anonymous said...

And more here: "the Provost needs to be replaced by someone with EXTENSIVE academic experience, who can find his academic buttocks with both hands, and further, who knows how to successfully manage people. The current Provost has none of these skills, and is excessively authoritarian. I believe his calling is somewhere closer to the area of Corrections, rather than academe."

HOOTS of laughter - such an accurate assessment of Sijo!

Anonymous said...

SiJo has turned up at Cranfield University - well it's satellite site at MOD's campus! No idea why the university would employ such an arrogant self-serving man. He'll ruin it before long!!!

Suede Oasis said...

Well, he HAS to plumb the depths of British academia, as no well respected and highly rated university will take him. So defence it is!